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Monday, May 16, 2005

1951 Results: Say Hello to the Newest Members of the Hall of Merit - Foxx and Cronin!

In his first “year” on the ballot, an almost unanimous electorate gave legendary slugger Jimmie Foxx 99% of the possible points for induction into the HoM.

In his second year eligible, outstanding shortstop Joe Cronin received 87% of the possible points to easily gain enough votes to become the second inductee this “year.”

Rounding out the top-ten were: Mule Suttles, John Beckwith, Eppa Rixey, Wes Ferrell, Earl Averill, Biz Mackey, Hughie Jennings and Clark Griffith.

RK   LY  Player                   PTS  Bal   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15
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 1  n/e  Jimmie Foxx             1170   49  48     1                                    
 2    3  Joe Cronin              1025   49     32 10  4  1     1        1               
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 3    4  Mule Suttles             689   45      5  8  7  3  6  3  2  2  2  1  2  3  1   
 4    5  John Beckwith            643   44      4  8  5  6  2  2  5     2  4  1  1     4
 5    7  Eppa Rixey               364   31            3  3  2  3  2  1  4  3  5  2  2  1
 6    8  Wes Ferrell              361   29      1  2  3  2  1  4  2     4  2  1  3  1  3
 7    6  Earl Averill             359   31         2     2  2  3  3  3  4  2  4  3  2  1
 8    9  Biz Mackey               332   31         1     3  2     3  2  1  5  6  3  4  1
 9   10  Hughie Jennings          313   22      2  2  5  1  2  2  1  1  1        2  2  1
10   12  Clark Griffith           283   23         1  2  2  2  1  2  3  3  2  2  2     1
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11   11  George Sisler            268   22      1     3  2  1  2  1     3     4  3  1  1
12   14  Cool Papa Bell           262   23         2  1  2  2     2  1  2  1  2  3  5   
13   13  Jake Beckley             243   19      1     2  1  1  3  4  1     2  1     2  1
14   15T George Van Haltren       233   17         1  1  1  4  4  1  1  2  1  1         
15   15T Joe Sewell               232   19            2  3  1  3     3  1  2     1     3
16   17  Hugh Duffy               223   19            2  3  1  1  3  2           2  3  2
17   19  Edd Roush                173   16               1  2  1     2  3     3  2  1  1
18   21  Cannonball Dick Redding  163   14            2        2  2  2  1     2  1  2   
19   24  Cupid Childs             162   15               1  2  2  1  2     1  1     2  3
20   18  Mickey Welch             160   11      1  4        1     1  1     1  1        1
21   23  Tommy Leach              155   14            1  2        1  3  1  2        2  2
22   26  Pete Browning            146   11         2  1     3  1           1  2        1
23   29  Gavy Cravath             141   11   1     1        2  1     2  1           2  1
24   22  Burleigh Grimes          136   12               2  2        2  1  1  1  1     2
25   27  Charley Jones            132   10      1     1  1  1  1  1  1     1           2
26   20  Rube Waddell             130   13                     3     1  1  2  1  2  2  1
27   28  Wally Schang             121   10      1        1     1  1     2  2        1  1
28   30  Roger Bresnahan          112   10            1     1     1  2  1     1  2  1   
29   33  Larry Doyle               96    9            1     1  1        1  2        1  2
30   32  Bill Monroe               88    9               1  1              2  1  2     2
31  n/e  Bob Johnson               88    8         1        1        2        1  2     1
32   31  José Méndez               86    7               1     1  1  2     1  1         
33   39  Dobie Moore               85    9               1     1     1        1  1  2  2
34   34  Dizzy Dean                75    6            1  1        1  1     1        1   
35   35  Tommy Bridges             70    6         1           1  1     1        1     1
36   38  Sam Rice                  65    6                     1  1     2  1           1
37   25  Dick Lundy                63    6            1              2        1     1  1
38   36T Chuck Klein               53    4         1        1        1           1      
39   40  Ben Taylor                50    5               1                 1  1  1  1   
40   36T Jimmy Ryan                41    4                        1        2     1      
41   42  John McGraw               39    4                           1  1     1     1   
42   41  Pie Traynor               28    2               1           1                  
43   59T Buzz Arlett               26    2         1                             1      
44T  45  George J. Burns           21    2                        1              1      
44T  43  Vic Willis                21    2                              1  1            
46   57T Ed Williamson             17    2                              1              1
47T  46  Ed Cicotte                15    1                  1                           
47T  44  Carl Mays                 15    1                  1                           
49   59T Hack Wilson               14    2                                          2   
50T  48T Wally Berger              13    1                        1                     
50T  48T Tommy Bond                13    1                        1                     
50T  48T Lefty Gomez               13    1                        1                     
50T  48T Dolf Luque                13    1                        1                     
54   53T Spotswood Poles           11    1                              1               
55T  53T Sam Leever                10    1                                 1            
55T  55T Lon Warneke               10    1                                 1            
57   57T Buddy Myer                 9    1                                    1         
58T  59T Wilbur Cooper              8    1                                       1      
58T n/e  Rabbit Maranville          8    1                                       1      
60T  65T Frank Chance               7    1                                          1   
60T n/e  Duke Farrell               7    1                                          1   
60T  59T Addie Joss                 7    1                                          1   
60T  59T Tony Mullane               7    1                                          1   
64T n/e  Donie Bush                 6    1                                             1
64T n/e  Paul Derringer             6    1                                             1
64T n/e  Harry Hooper               6    1                                             1
64T  65T Heinie Manush              6    1                                             1
Dropped Out: Fred Dunlap(47), Fielder Jones(55T), George Scales(59T),
 Urban Shocker(65T), Bobby Veach(48T).
John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 16, 2005 at 01:57 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 17, 2005 at 12:02 AM (#1341338)
Congratulations to Jimmie and Joe!
   2. DavidFoss Posted: May 17, 2005 at 01:31 AM (#1341662)
Yet another 1928 Athletic makes the HOM! I believe that makes 7. Might not be the all-time record, but that's a 20th century mark that will be difficult to match.
   3. OCF Posted: May 17, 2005 at 07:30 AM (#1342737)
Average consensus score: 6.5
Best possible consensus score: 20

Top 8:
Carl G 16
Tiboreau 15
dan b 13
Andrew M 13
Ron Wargo 13
Chris Cobb 13
andrew siegel 13
Howie Menckel 13

Bottom 7
Daryn 0
sunnyday2 -1
Gadfly -3
John Murphy -3
EricC -5
karlmagnus -6
yest -8

I almost had my tally agreeing with the official one - I just had one mistake. Tracking it down, I had an extra vote for Buzz Arlett - I had yest recorded as voting for Arlett. Let's put it this way - that would be pretty unlikely. (It was actually a vote for Hack Wilson.)
   4. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: May 17, 2005 at 10:09 AM (#1342766)
This means Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Simmons and Croning are all in the HOM. So is Hubbell.
   5. Carl G Posted: May 17, 2005 at 01:34 PM (#1342853)
I can't be the #1 consensus guy! I'm gonna have to talk myself into Buzz Arlett #1 or something!
   6. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 17, 2005 at 01:39 PM (#1342859)
John Murphy -3

I had all the top guys, but only Beckwith from the top-ten. My guys are either being timelined out or they are too exotic (Bridges, Arlett)
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: May 17, 2005 at 02:02 PM (#1342889)
All-time vote points totals, 1898 through 1951

Jennings reaches 14000, Duffy grabs the No. 3 slot, Beckwith becomes the 2nd Negro Leaguer in the top 25, Waddell will stagger into the top 10 next year.

JENNINGS 14010
VAN HALTREN 13896.5
DUFFY 13596.5
Pike 13399
BECKLEY 13268
Thompson 12349
GRIFFITH 12013
BROWNING 11700.5
Bennett 11503
Caruthers 10704

WADDELL 10642
RYAN 10462.5
WELCH 9600
Stovey 9576
CHILDS 9545
Start 8378.5
McGinnity 8232
Pearce 8073
McVey 7985.5
Grant 7969.5

BRESNAHAN 6841
Galvin 6585
LEACH 6449
Sheckard 6377
BECKWITH 6276

(C. JONES 5535, RIXEY 5484, SISLER 5318, MONROE 4835, SEWELL 4363, SUTTLES 4292, WILLIAMSON 4217)
   8. David C. Jones Posted: May 17, 2005 at 04:25 PM (#1343209)
Carl G,

Jump on the Arlett bandwagon! Look at his pitching! Look at his hitting! This guy would have easily been a HOFer had he played east of the Mississippi. You're telling me he wasn't better than Earl Averill?
   9. Carl G Posted: May 17, 2005 at 04:47 PM (#1343261)
'You're telling me he wasn't better than Earl Averill'

Yes, thats exactly what I'm telling you, though I'm not confident enough in Arlett to say it with absolute certainty.

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